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STATE GOVERNMENT WILL PURCHASE LOW MAINTENANCE, BATTERY-OPERATED BUSES

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TRICHY: The state government will purchase 2,000 low maintenance, battery-operated buses and 10,000 fuel-efficient BS-VI buses as part of adopting environment-friendly and fuel-efficient public transport systems.

Transport minister M R Vijayabhaskar said in Karur on Saturday that the government was planning to avail of a loan from KFW, the German government-owned development bank, at 2% interest for the purpose.

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He said the decision on purchasing battery-operated buses was taken in the backdrop of Chennai city being the first in the country to join the global network of cities committed to tackling climate change.

Besides Chennai, the buses would be introduced in Coimbatore and Madurai in the first phase. Saying that TNSTC drivers are not forced to drive more than the stipulated kilometres, he said he had spoken to the chief minister for funds to pay the pending dues to employees.

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